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More puppy pictures.

I’m giving up trying to generate interesting prose and just turning the blog over to Holly!

Holly x 4




And big brother Saguaro with his favorite tennis ball.


Funny Girl!

We registered Holly with the American Kennel Club.  When you register a dog with the AKC, you can’t just register her as Holly, or even Holly Fox, or Holly Robertson.  We learned this a long time ago, when we decided to register our childhood dogs.  When we attempted to register Jenny

{Image:  small white poodle sitting in the middle of a grassy yard, panting.}

the AKC would not accept “Jenny” as a name.  So Jenny became “Jennifer of Little Falls.”  (We lived on Little Falls Road.)  When our next dog came along, Tasha*

{Image:  slighly blurry close-up of a German Shepherd dog wearing a straw boater had with an "Impeach Nixon" sign around the crown.}

became “Lady’s Natasha Samsonova.”  (Her mother was Lady, her father was Sam, and Mom had a master’s in Russian lit.)

When we got Chinook and Saguaro, we got all the papers to register them, but never got around to it, so they were just plain old Chinook and Saguaro.

We got Holly from the same wonderful breeder, Linda Francis, who asked us this time to please register Holly for reasons related to the fact that Linda is now a Breeder of Merit with the AKC.  And since Linda has brought such immeasurable joy into our lives, we would do almost anything for her.  She also suggested that since Holly was one of a litter of 10 girl puppies, the litter theme was “girls.”  “Holly” will be her “call name,” but she’d need a registered name that includes the word “girl;” it would go with the name of Linda’s kennel, Fly’n Hi.  We thought of and rejected a couple. Riot Grrls seemed appropriately transgressive, but turned out (upon Googling) to be sort of dark.  We had settled on Mighty Girl, which seemed cool but sort of obscure, when I realized that I was spontaneously calling her by what would become her AKC name:

{Image:  Album cover from the movie "Funny Girl."  At the top, "Barbra Streisand Sydney Chaplin."  Below that and on the left of the cover, a sketch of a woman in roller skates upside down.  Her dress is made up of the words "Funny  Girl" in yellow letters, her face and hair are pink.  her legs are pink and orange.  She has a big white grin.  The remainder of the cover contains the other credits for the movie.}

So, everybody, meet  Fly’n Hi Funny Girl, a/k/a Holly:

{Image:  close up photo of the face of a golden retriever puppy.}


* Yes, I have better photos of Tasha, but I thought the Impeach Nixon hat was a classic!

Welcome, Holly!

Our new puppy came home yesterday!  I was going to blog about it, but we’ve been up since the 3:30 a.m. trip to the backyard, so here are a couple of photos while I nap:







Though this was taken a few days before Holly arrived, it accurately reflects Saguaro’s views of recent developments:


New year random photo dump

My 2014 New Year’s resolution is to blog more.  I was inspired by my cousin’s resolution to cancel her gym membership and my brother’s resolution to drink more.  Why should resolutions be designed to bum you out?  Start the year right with a resolution that will make you happy!  So I’m resolving to blog more, play with the dog(s)* more, and eat more pasta.  That first one may increase the down-scrolling and notification-deleting burden on you, my five loyal readers, but just think of it as additional exercise for your typing fingers!

In a move that is essentially burning through a month’s worth of good resolution-keeping material on the first day of 2014, herewith a photo dump from the back half of 2013, that is, random cellphone photos that entertain me without actually being worthy of an entire blog post.

From our favorite Denver deli, The Bagel Deli:  cheesy jalapeño knishes.  Just another reason I love the west!

{Image:  photo of handwritten sign advertising "Knishes!!! Cheesy Jalapeno."}

More Denver/Jewish humor:

{Image:  lighted sign on the side of a bar reading "Drink Gin & Tonikah/Happy Hanukkah."  Above that sign is a vertical sign showing that the bar is The Hornet.}

Behind the bar at Cholon which, besides having scary creatures in wine bottles, has amazing small plates like duck spring rolls.

{Image:  a wine bottle with yellow-colored roots and a snake inside.}

Green tea chai latte fail:

{Image:  overhead view of cup filled with slightly foamy green liquid.}

Saguaro explaining that it’s time to stop vegging in front of the computer and start throwing the tennis ball.

{Image:  photo of laptop keyboard.   In the upper right hand corner is a tennis ball and just to the right of that, a dog's nose.}

A little light reading on my way to my cousin’s bridal shower in Portland, Maine.

{Image:  photo of newspaper headline, "Shark off Boothbay likely a great white, B1."}

When shopping for yard clean-up, I had to admire the attention to detail in the browser tab icon for Pet Scoop:

{Image: long horizontal clip from the tabs that appear at the top of an internet browser indicating the open tabs. On the left, the tab contains the Google logo of a bright red M, and reads "Inbox - amyfrobertson." On the right, the tab contains an icon resembling a document and reads "Untitled document." In the middle, the tab reads, "Denver Pooper Scoop" and includes a logo resembling a pile of dog poop.}

I know on some level I should be offended by this, but I found myself more amused, and admiring the entrepreneurial spirit.

{Image:  signage from front of the Denver strip club called "Shotgun Willie's."  The sign reads, "Topless Gift Wrapping Thurs & Fri."  The Shotgun Willie's logo above the sign is an oversized shotgun, arcing downward.}

We were very sad to say goodbye to our favorite tapas joint, Ondo’s, where we had a typically amazing meal last night, its last night before closing.  Really hoping the owners will find a good space and reopen elsewhere.

{Image:  painted mural with a waiter carrying a tray with a bottle, viewed from the back, and a store front with the logo "Ondo's"}

Then we closed out the year in typical party-animal fashion:

{Image:  a few of a sofa, dog and television from the perspective of the person stretched out in the sofa.  So along the left side, legs in sweatpants ending in feet in striped socks.  Next to the legs a golden retriever; in the background, a tv showing a hockey game.}

Happy New Year to all and onward to 2014!


*New puppy coming later this month!  Will make the “more blogging” resolution really easy!

Random signs

Drove to Fountain, Colorado, today.  I promise both of these signs are real.

Um, no:

{Image description:  Church sign reading “Reason Is The Enemy of Faith.”}

And, um, I’d never really thought about it but yes:

{Image description:  Green street sign against a blue sky, reading “A Dog Will Lick His Butt But Won’t Eat A Pickle Rd.”}

Because what would you photograph if you just got your new Olympus EX-25 Extension Tube?


The EX-25 is a piece that goes between the camera body and the lens that permits you to take macro-like photos with an ordinary lens.  It has the advantage over a true macro lens of being way less expensive, so I can goof around with this style of photography without investing a lot of money.  Many of the reviews noted that you’ll probably want to use a tripod, and they appear to be correct.  But, having just taken the device out of the box and put it on my camera, attaching the camera to a tripod would have required far more patience than I have.  And a slightly greater depth of field would have brought more of the nostril into focus.  I have a lot to learn — but this is going to be fun!

Sit! Stay! Code!

Saguaro is all set to receive legal software training.

We recently needed to purchase a fourth license for our favorite legal software to install on our remote server.  Unfortunately, there are only three of us (me, Tim, paralegal extraordinaire Caitlin) and the company would not issue two licenses to one person.  I emailed our rep, “Hmmm.  No.  Just the 3 of us.  And the dog:  Saguaro.”

Demonstrating why we love this software and this rep,* she responded:

Ok, so……all kidding aside…I am going to have to assign the license to Saguaro.  LOL!  …  He is going to be contacted for training!

He got his license in the next email:

Dear Saguaro:

Thank you for being a registered licensee for [Software].

Here’s the link to download our … Suite of Software Tools:

. . .

Here is your [Software] Registration Information:

Registration Name: Saguaro Fox

Registration ID:

And, as promised, he was contacted for training.

Hi Saguaro,

My name is [Name], I work in the [Software] training & support department and will be your go to resource for [Software] questions.

I thought I’d check in to introduce myself and see how you’re doing with [Software] tools so far.

And so on.

If Chinook can learn legal research

Chinook on desk

Chinook on bookcase

Saguaro can master this software!


And for your entertainment, my other attempts to pose Saguaro and a laptop.



Aaaaaand “Why do you keep making me put my paws there?  I’m done now.”



*Both the software and the rep will remain nameless, so as not to get anyone in trouble.  Suffice it to say, it’s not Summation:  in my experience, their reps have no sense of humor whatsoever.

Grumpy conehead puppy


Saguaro has a “hot spot,” the bane of large, hairy dogs.  But also sort of an embarrassing injury, and by “embarrassing” I mean completely avoidable, exacerbated by his own licking, and involving a trip to the vet, shaving, and expensive internal and external antibiotics.